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Aggressive new Z1000 unveiled in Milan

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:52

Kawasaki has just unveiled this significantly new Z1000 super naked at the Milan Show. Although not completely new – the basic engine and chassis are unchanged, for example – Kawasaki’s super naked has received a raft of changes to the powertrain, chassis, equipment and, most obviously, styling which effectively renders it an all-new machine. The key changes are as follows: ...

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Triumph's 2014 newcomers revealed

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:30

Triumph is revamping its cruiser line-up for 2014 with two new ‘baggers’, a new Thunderbird variant called the Commander and updates to both the entry-level, Bonneville-based America and Speedmaster. Plus there’s a special edition version of the Tiger 800 XC. The star of the cruiser line-up is the Thunderbird LT (which stands for ‘Light Touring’). a ‘bagger’ version of the ...

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New Harley-Davidson 72 and Softail Slim unveiled

Phil West, 02 February 2012 09:58

Say hello to Harley-Davidson’s brand new ‘Seventy-Two’ and Softail Slim – its two major new model releases for 2012. The XL1200V Seventy Two is based on the 1200 Sportster and inspired by the metalflake and ape-hangered customs of the early 1970s – hence the name. Key features are its small peanut tank, high, pull back bars, big 21 inch wire ...

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'We wanted to create the ultimate Speed Triple'

Phil West, 26 December 2011 15:00

Triumph’s imminent new ‘R’ version of its best-selling super naked is much more than a cosmetic update, MCN can now reveal – in fact it’s been conceived to be “the ultimate Speed Triple”! So, where previous ‘R’ Triumphs, like the Street Triple and 675 Daytona, benefit mostly from uprated suspension and brakes, the new Speed Triple R goes significantly further ...

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Victory’s new ‘Hard-Ball’

Phil West, 12 December 2011 11:22

This is Victory’s new 2012 Hard-Ball – created by blending the American  firm’s recent High-Ball cruiser and its Cross Country pannier-equipped tourers. Or, to put it another way, it’s a ‘bagger’ version of the fat-tyred, new-for-2011 High-Ball – itself characterised by its novel, two-way adjustable ape hanger handlebars. The bike will be available only in black with red pinstripes and ...

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Honda's V4 Crosstourer GS-rival gets sporty edge

Phil West, 17 November 2011 11:18

Honda’s all-new adventure bike – the V4 Crosstourer – is significantly different to the prototype version first unveiled a year ago and will bring new sophistication, technology and riding pleasure to the class, its design chief has revealed in an exclusive interview with MCN. Yosuke Hasegawa is Honda’s Large Project Leader – in charge of not only the Crosstourer project ...

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New Triumph ‘Steve McQueen edition’ debuts

Phil West, 24 October 2011 00:05

This special-edition version of the Bonneville, dubbed the 'Steve McQueen Edition' has just been unveiled by Triumph and will go on sale in 2012 – but only while stocks last. The bike has been designed to pay tribute to the late Hollywood star’s love of Triumph motorcycles and will be limited to just 1100 examples. It’s based on the current ...

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Honda confirms Crosstourer as 2012 model

Phil West, 20 October 2011 10:29

Honda has just announced that, as expected, its all-new V4 adventure bike, the Crosstourer, which was unveiled in prototype form at last year’s Milan Show WILL be going into production next year. The full announcement is as follows: "Honda today confirms that the Crosstourer model unveiled as a concept at the 2010 EICMA show will go into mass production, and ...

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2012 Yamaha WR450F announced

Phil West, 14 September 2011 17:33

Yamaha’s range-topping enduro machine, the WR450F, gets a significant makeover for 2012, including a revised engine, uprated frame, new bodywork plus a raft of detail changes. The single-cylinder, 449cc, five-valve powertrain gets a reworked fuel-injection system intended to give ’more responsive and adaptable performance’, while a new ‘bilateral’ aluminium beam frame is almost 250-size in a bid to give quicker ...

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Finished Ducati Diavel spotted

Phil West, 07 October 2010 10:21

This picture leaked onto an Italian website shows Ducati’s eagerly-awaited ‘power cruiser’, the Diavel, in what looks like finished production trim, complete with black/red paintjob, mirrors and finished cosmetics. The bike is believed to have been snapped in Madrid, Spain by a bystander during the filming of a Ducati promotional video. The Diavel is set to be formally unveiled at ...

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